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God Bless America

America: My Country Tis of Thee


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Below are the hymn lyric and hymn story for My Country Tis of Thee, God Bless America.

God Bless America

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God Bless America.
Land that I love
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies ,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home.

God Bless America,
Land that I love
Stand beside her,
And guide her,
Through the night
With the light from above,
From the mountains,
To the prairies,
To the ocean,
White with foam,
God bless America,
My home sweet home.
God bless America,
My home sweet home.


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Song Story

God bless America, one of America's unofficial national anthems, was composed by an immigrant who left his home in Siberia for America when he was only five years old. The original version of "God Bless America" was written by Irving Berlin (1888-1989) during the summer of 1918 at Camp Upton, located in Yaphank, Long Island.  He indeded to use it in his Ziegfeld-style revue, Yip, Yip, Yaphank.  The original lyric declared: "Make her victorious on land and foam, God Bless America..."

However, Berlin eventually decided that the solemn tone of "God Bless America" was somewhat out of keeping with the more comedic elements of the show and the song was laid aside.

It was in the fall of 1938, as war was again threatening Europe, that Berlin decided to write a "peace" song.  Then he recalled his "God Bless America" from twenty years earlier.  He made some alterations to reflect the different state of the world and “God Bless America” was born.  Singer Kate Smith introduced the revised "God Bless America" during her radio broadcast on Armistice Day, 1938.  The song was an immediate sensation and its sheet music was in great demand.  As a result Berlin soon established the God Bless America Fund, dedicating the royalties to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.



America: My Country Tis of Thee

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My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims' pride,
From every mountain-side
Let Freedom ring.

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake,
Let all that breathe partake,
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers' God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With Freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King.

Arrangement Copyright © 2000 Don Wigton


A lonely flute is slowly joined by an acoustic guitar, exalting the Author of America’s freedom. . .a resonate cello accompanies the sound of a piano proclaiming God as our protector.


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Song Story


This favorite American patriotic hymn was written by the Reverend Samuel Francis Smith, and sung publicly for the first time in Boston in 1832.  Samuel was an American minister and writer.  According to Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, he was one of the main editors of The Psalmist--"the most creditable and influential of the American Baptist collections.” 

Smith attended Harvard University and Andover Theological Seminary.  He entered the Bap­tist min­is­try in 1832, and the same year became editor of Baptist Missionary Magazine.  He also contributed to the Encyclopedia Americana.  From 1834 to 1842, he pas­tored at Waterville, Maine, and was Pro­fessor of Modern Languages at Waterville College.  In 1842, he moved to Newton, Massachusetts, where he stayed until 1854, when he became editor of the publications of the Baptist Missionary Union.

The secular world best remembers Smith as the lyricist for “My Country ’Tis of Thee,”  though her wrote several other hymns.  He and Oliver Wendell Holmes were classmates at Harvard, and at a reunion for the class of 1829, Holmes wrote:

There’s a nice youngster of excellent pith,
Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith;
But he shouted a song for the brave and the free,
Just read on his medal, “My country,” “of thee.”


The tune to this praise hymn was first popular in England as "God Save the King (Queen)" and is now the English national anthem.


An interesting circumstance lead to the inclusion of  “My Country Tis of Thee” on the Wigtune patriotic CD.  With all my might I was trying to think of Christian patriotic hymns to add to the project.  But, for some reason, my mind just went blank!  One night in the middle of the night, as I was dreaming, this song came to mind.  But, when I woke up, I completely forgot what the song was.  It was the next day, while I was looking on the Internet for information on “God Bless America” that I stumbled across it on a WEB page.  That night, exited about the revelation, I went home and composed the piece.


A lonely flute fills the air with its precious melody as a gentle acoustic guitar subtly filters in.  During the next verse a resonate cello adds a melodic counter melody to the flute solo as a light piano adds depth with its delightful timbre.  During the last verse the cello and flute exchange roles as the piece rolls to a passionate end.  We pray that you will consider the words to this significant offering from American history to realize what a great part God has played in the development of the great democratic experiment.


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My Country Tis of Thee, God Bless America are not the only songs available.  Look below for many more praise and worship mp3's, charts and worship Bible study.

The Christian hymn lyric and hymn story material offered on this page is only a portion of our ministry resources.  Click on some of the links below to acess more! is a subsidiary of Wigtune Company, formed as a service to the body of Christ.   Our vision is to encourage scriptural worship in the Church by offering free praise music and hymns performed in a contemporary manner along with a free on-line worship study book for personal devotions, Bible study groups, Sunday schools, pastors, music ministers and ministry training.  The worship study book  lends theological and historical support to the use of traditional Christian hymn-singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing. Click on one of the links below to enter into the Wigtune resource that interests you !

We believe that the current contention among Christian generations over church music is unnesessary.  One does not have to chose between the classic traditional hymns such as the patriotic songs God Bless America, My Country Tis of Thee and the contemporary praise chorus and song.  Solomon declared that there is a place for everything under the sun. The worship musical material and the worship Bible study book offered at the Wigtune website support this theme.Vision Statement    Going to this page will inform the WEB surfer the circumstances that lead to the Wigtune offering of praise song and hymn along with the worship Bible study book that lends theology and history based support to the use of traditional Christian hymn singing  of the patriotic songs My Country Tis of Thee, God Bless America in conjunction with praise chorus singing.  Wigtune Story    The free on-line worship Bible study book is a manual for the use of the pastor, teacher, music minister, Bible study group, sunday school and any situation where a theological and historical lesson regarding worship is desired.  The Bible study is presented in outline form with questions that require thoughtful answers to the biblical and history based information that is presented.  Free On-Line Worship Studybook   

Free mp3 praise music  including the patriotic hymn God Bless America, my Country tis of Thee in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.  Free Praise Music and Charts  

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